“What did you do in school today, Billy?”
“I SAW BOOBIES!”
Today I started my observation in a local high school, for as many of you know, I’m training to be an English teacher and observation is the first step of field experience. I just went for three hours and sat in on the first three periods. For the second and third periods, the classes watched Romeo and Juliet.
Of course no school ever shows the Baz Luhrmann version with Leonardo DiCaprio and Claire Danes; schools always show the wickedly dorky 1968 Franco Zeffirelli version (featuring a young and also wickedly dorky Michael York as Tybalt). As any former high schooler who has ever seen this version knows, there is a scene with some saucy bedroom action. Not only do you get to see Romeo’s pasty arse, you also get to scope young Juliet’s bosoms. Oh yes boys and girls! Time to play “avert your eyes.”
My mentor teacher made a sarcastic effort to cover the naughty bits and fast forward the tape, but he knows, as we all do, that by the time they’re freshman in high school, kids have seen more cans than you can shake a codpiece at. The whole ordeal turned into some kind of self-conscious mockery of those who would block out the nudity and those who would be offended by it. However, there is still something funny about a teacher slapping his hand over a nude buttocks and saying, “Don’t look, guys.”
So yeah…thus concludes my first day of observation.